San Diego Transport
Getting around San Diego is relatively easy without a car, with three types of public transport servicing the city. Buses and the San Diego Trolley light rail cover the city, but service generally stops around midnight. The trolley is the best way to get to the border with Mexico for trips to Tijuana. Passes are available from the Transit Store for both bus and trolley fares; it also provides timetables and route information. The Coronado Ferry, as well as a water taxi service, shuttles passengers between the city and Coronado Island (also connected to the mainland by bridge).
Privately-owned Old Town Trolley Tours offers hop-on, hop-off narrated tours of places of interest for tourists, though this option is a bit more expensive than the public trolley. Taxis must be ordered by phone and waiting times can be long. Ride-hailing taxi services, like Uber, are also available. Cycling is a popular way to get around San Diego, and there are numerous bike hire shops and many designated bicycle lanes. Some bus routes, the trolleys, and the Coronado Ferry offer free passage of bicycles, allowing people to get to an area by public transport and then explore from there. Although it is possible to get around using public transport, many people prefer to rent a car in San Diego as some areas are easier and quicker to get to by car.
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